Garden Flipper is something that I never in a million years thought I would get into, but here we are! Garden Flipper is not a stand-alone game, it is actually a huge DLC expansion for House Flipper. As of now, you cannot play this as a standalone game.
How to Download Garden Flipper
Garden Flipper just like the base game House Flipper can be downloaded from Steam. To start, click on the Download button located below this review.
The DLC Review
The idea of Garden Flipper is that you play as a gardener. That is really the basics of the idea of the game. Hey, I am with you when you are thinking that it sounds lame, but it is actually way more addictive than you would think. I only dabbled in House Flipper, but Garden Flipper has managed to really get its hooks (or should I say roots?) into me.
You want to start out your journey by playing the different scenarios that the game has for you. These are what kind of serves as the games story mode. Here you will be given a range of different jobs to do for people. Doing this earns you money so that you can buy new equipment, but the real draw of this is to learn all of the game’s mechanics.
There is a lot to do in order to make a garden look great. Before you can even think about plants, trees or decorations, you need to do some cleaning up. This is where you take care of any trash that is in the garden and get rid of weeds and old trees for example. This is quite in depth and the better job you do at cleaning up the better your garden is going to be.
You use the mouse to do pretty much everything. No matter if you are mowing a lawn or planning out where you are going to place your garden stones. You have a lot of choices when it comes to the kind of gardens you design in the game and as you progress and “level up” you will get even more.
Getting perks is something that I had a lot of fun with. These perks are what is going to make the equipment you are using better. What is great about this is that your tools will be better so they are much more efficient and better at doing the job you require them to do. This really is the game’s form of progression and it is pretty darn handy.
I preferred to make gardens in a more Japanese, minimalistic kind of style. You can really get in there deep and plan things out. Or you can just lay some grass, mow it and thrown down some plants along the side. I found the whole garden building aspect of the game kind of therapeutic.
As far as the presentation of the game goes, Garden Flipper does what it does very well. I like the physics of the grass and the plants, stones and other stuff look decent enough. The sound fits the game quite well and the sound of the gardening tools in the game is nowhere near as annoying as it is in real life.
Garden Flipper is the kind of thing that I never in a million years expected to get into, but I had a lot of fun with it. The asking price is a wee bit steep if you ask me, but there is a lot of content here to be fair. Just remember that you need House Flipper in order to play this. As I write this review, Steam has a special offer where you can get the two in a bundle.
- Lots of options to make your dream garden
- The scenarios are fun to do
- The presentation fits the game perfectly
- It is very easy to learn all of the mechanics of the game
- Plenty of replay value
- Could have used a tad more story
- The asking price is a bit on the high side for DLC